The Clear Creek Valley is a special scientific, scenic and geologic area. Centuries of flooding by glacial meltwater have cut the present gorge area through Black Hand sandstone, leaving behind scenic cliffs and rugged formations overlooking Clear Creek. This preserve honors former Columbus businessman, Allen F. Beck, who in the 1920s recognized the area's intrinsic values and began acquiring and nurturing these lands.
Later, the lands were donated to the Columbus/Franklin County Metro Parks to become the nucleus of this large natural resource conservation area. More than 800 vascular plant species have been recorded from the preserve including great rhododendron, mountain laurel, trailing arbutus, creeping phlox and eastern hemlock, in a close relationship with the typical oak-hickory forest of this region. At least 18 species of warblers are reported to nest within Clear Creek Valley.
The 4,769-acre Allen F. Beck State Nature Preserve is part of Clear Creek Metro Park which is owned and managed by Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks.
Over 12 miles of hiking trails.